Legal Intern Fellowship Program

Next application submission deadline:  March 13, 2015 

NOTE:  The deadline to submit 2014 applications has passed.  Materials for the 2015 program will be posted in the fall.  

The Program

The MBF’s Legal Intern Fellowship Program was established in 1996 to give talented law students the experience and encouragement they need to pursue careers in the public interest law sector while providing legal aid organizations with much-needed additional staff capacity for the summer. The MBF awards at least three (3) stipends of $6,000 each to law students who intern during the summer months at nonprofit organizations providing civil legal services to low-income clients in Massachusetts. These awards are supported by generous contributions to the MBF from lawyers and judges statewide and by the Smith Family Fund.

 

Application Requirements

The Legal Intern Fellowship Program invites applications from law students who have secured a volunteer internship with one (1) qualified nonprofit organization in Massachusetts. The principal activity of the internship must be the provision of civil legal services to low-income clients. The proposed internship must be designed to give the intern substantial legal experience with serving and representing clients, as well as preparing legal documents.  Please review the General Program Information sheet for more details on eligibility.

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS. Applicant must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a United States law school. Preference will be given to permanent/future residents of Massachusetts,
  • Demonstrate a commitment to public interest law, including experience working with low-income clients and/or issues that affect this population,
  • Commit to work no less than ten (10) continuous, full-time weeks between June 1 and October 1.  Note: Applicants must specify the duration of his/her commitment at the time of application.

 

ORGANIZATION REQUIREMENTS. The internship must be conducted at an organization that: 

  • Is in Massachusetts,
  • Has been in operation for at least one year,
  • Has programs dedicated to providing civil (not criminal) legal services to the indigent in Massachusetts,
  • Has a staff attorney who will supervise and mentor the intern. 

TIP: Many MBF IOLTA Program award recipients meet the organization eligibility requirements of the LIFP. Please be advised that applicants are not limited to these organizations.

NOTES ON STIPENDS

  • Stipends may be combined with other awards.
  • Stipends will be paid directly to the intern's organization. The organization will be responsible for administering the stipend, including payment to the intern and filing appropriate tax reports.

 

Application Process

Please review the General Program Information for details on the application process.

A complete application will include: 

  • Application Information Form
  • Essay (Details on the Applicant Information Form) 
  • Organization Supporting Statement Form
  • Resume
  • Official Law Student Transcript
  • Unofficial Undergraduate Transcript
  • One Letter of Reference from a supervisor, professor, or similar professional contact

Submission Information

 

Please submit all materials together to: 

MBF Legal Intern Fellowship Program
20 West Street
Boston, MA 02111

 

Please do not fax or email applications. 

Contact us with any questions at (617) 338-0534 or foundation@massbar.org.

Selection Process

 

A committee including Trustees from both the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and the Smith Family Fund will select the most competitive applicants to receive stipends.